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NMDOT Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinics

on September 21, 2018 - 9:52am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) sponsors annual statewide child safety seat clinics 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29.
 
The clinics take place in five cities and six different locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday.
 
“The NMDOT is pleased to participate in this national traffic safety initiative and to offer this valuable service,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said.

Atomic City Transit Adding Two Electric Buses To Fleet

on September 20, 2018 - 5:04pm
Atomic City Transit is adding two of these Proterra electric buses to its fleet. Courtesy image
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The smell of black exhaust smoke pouring from the tailpipes of Atomic City Transit buses or the sight of transit drivers filling up bus gas tanks will one day be a thing of the past.

Atomic City Transit recently was awarded a Low-or No-Emission (Low-No) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The $1,859,370 grant will allow Los Alamos County’s transit department to purchase two electric buses as well as two charging

Otero County Crash Survivor Fatally Struck By Passing Car

on September 18, 2018 - 6:25am
NMSP News:
 
OTERO COUNTY At about 5:30 a.m., Sept. 16, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 82 around mile post 11 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.
 
The initial investigation indicated a Hyundai, driven by Jason Clapper, 35, of Alamogordo was traveling west on US 82 at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the Hyundai left the roadway and rolled. Clapper, who was wearing his seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was able to exit the vehicle.
 
After the crash, while standing in the west bound lane of US 82 in a dark and unlit area, Clapper was

Anderson Overlook Draws Tourists, Artists, Students

on September 16, 2018 - 6:10am

Tourists were busy taking selfies and artists painting the panoramic view Saturday at Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A group of students and their professor from New Mexico Tech in Socorro on a field trip Saturday to examine local geology across the road from Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Traffic Light Replacement Underway On Diamond

on September 15, 2018 - 2:41pm

The traffic light is being replaced today on Diamond Drive near Conoco Hill. Courtesy photo

DOT Announces $1.49 Million For Advanced Bus Technology Project In New Mexico

on September 15, 2018 - 7:50am
DOT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Aug. 24 $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies.
 
Fifty-two projects in 41 states will receive a share of the funding.
 
“Communities across America will benefit from these investments in their transportation infrastructure,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.
 
Eligible projects include the purchase or lease

Fatal Crash On NM 529 In Lea County

on September 14, 2018 - 7:06am
NMSP News:
 
LEA COUNTY Around 5 p.m., Wednesday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on N.M. 529 west of Hobbs.
 
The initial investigation shows a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling east on N.M. 529 recklessly and at an excessive rate of speed. The eclipse left the roadway on a curve and began to roll. The driver, Christopher Michael Clayburn, 43, of Artesia was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
 
Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash and

U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Bridge & Ramp Closures Friday

on September 13, 2018 - 9:51pm

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation continues pavement preservation work on U.S. 84/285 at mile marker 181.00 in Pojoaque near Cities of Gold Casino. 

The U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Bridge will be CLOSED and the U.S. 84/285 on-ramp to N.M. 502 westbound will be CLOSED 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday. Traffic will be detoured to Cities of Gold Road.

Drivers are urged to watch for workers in the area, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted speed limit.

Asphalt/Paving Work On Diamond Near 35th Thursday

on September 12, 2018 - 3:26pm

COUNTY News:

Paul Parker Construction, under the supervision of the Los Alamos County Public Works Department/Traffic and Streets Division, will repave a section of road that was recently excavated to repair utility lines on the north side of Diamond Drive near 35 Street.

This work will occur 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions in the construction work zone. Motorists may experience some delays.

Drivers are urged to observe the speed limit and traffic control signs.

Direct questions or concerns to the Traffic

Washington Trip Informational Meeting At LAMS Friday

on September 12, 2018 - 8:23am

LAMS News:

 

There will be an informational meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in the Media Center of Los Alamos Middle School regarding this year's Washington, D.C. trip.  

 

Students, parents and those who have already signed up are welcome to attend.

 

The annual 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip is March 23-26, during spring break.

 

For sign-up information, call Roberta Cocking at 505.670.0679 or see Facebook, "LAMS Washington DC Trip".

Bipartisan Senators To House THUD Appropriators: Preserve Funding For Southwest Chief

on September 11, 2018 - 7:48am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas Senators call on House Committee on Appropriations to preserve $50 million in federal funding in the FY19 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to maintain Amtrak's Southwest Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Michael F.

Alert: Traffic Signal Mast Arm Pole Replacement On Diamond At Arkansas Sept. 15-16

on September 6, 2018 - 10:02am

COUNTY News:

Traffic and Streets will be working with vendor Bixby Electric to replace a mast arm pole on the traffic signal on Diamond Drive at Arkansas Avenue.

The project will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 and end by 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

Traffic heading south on Arkansas Avenue to the Diamond Drive intersection will be detoured to 41st Street to Alabama Avenue. Westbound traffic on Diamond Drive will note a bike lane closure and a right lane closure. Traffic will be diverted to the left most lane.

There will be temporary traffic light outages and 3-way stop signs will be in

NM 502 / NM 4 Re-construction Project In Final Stretch

on September 4, 2018 - 5:03pm

NNSA/DOE News:

Road crews expect to complete the paving portion this week of the N.M. 502 road re-construction project.

Striping – the final piece of the summer-long project – will take place next week.

Striping, which includes a shadow car following the striping truck, will take place this week and next week, alternating between East Jemez, N.M. 4, the N.M. 4 to N.M. 502 ramp, and both sides of N.M. 502.

Commuters are asked to continue following traffic signs and speed limits during the last phase of this project.

For the current week, crews will mill and fill the middle lane of

Hail Storm Hammers Downtown Los Alamos

on September 4, 2018 - 1:40pm

A strong hail storm is hammering downtown Los Alamos and motorists are urged to drive with caution. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Luján Leads Efforts To Support Southwest Chief Line

on September 4, 2018 - 6:14am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) sent bipartisan letters to Amtrak Headquarters and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) expressing support for the Amtrak Southwest Chief Line.
 
The letter to THUD requests the inclusion of the bipartisan Senate amendment that provides $50 million for maintenance and safety improvements along the Southwest Chief route in the final THUD Appropriations bill.
 
In the letter to Amtrak, the Members ask for Amtrak to continue to commit

Hargreaves And Fry Embark On Haiti Mission Trip

on September 4, 2018 - 6:12am
Photo by Elizabeth Hargreaves
 
Photo by Elizabeth Hargreaves
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos
 
Katherine Fry and friend Elizabeth Hargreaves make one divine duo, as they head to Haiti on a mission trip of hope and healing during September.
 
Fry has herself recently had some personal healing, having knee surgery.
 
“I am grateful for the ability to have a knee replacement, to be able to see a medical doctor when I want/need to, without waiting for weeks or months and not having to walk great distances on a dirt road to see a medical professional,” Fry said. “That includes;

Scenes From White Rock Senior Center Car Show

on September 3, 2018 - 7:15pm

Many different classic cars were on display Aug. 25 at the White Rock Senior Center Car Show. From the Model T to the Rousch Mustang, all seem to have a story to tell. If you look and listen closely, the car just might share its story with you. Photo by Tammy Jimines

World’s Greatest Grampa Dick Basinger and his 65 Mustang. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Voyle and his Rousch Mustang. Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Photo by Tammy Jimines

Ghost Ranch Tours: Trail Rides, Fun On Highway 84

on September 2, 2018 - 9:37am

Trail riders enjoy O’Keefe Country. Courtesy/NMTD

TRAVEL News:

Ghost Ranch has a long history that started with the history of cattle rustlers. They would steal local herds and take them to the deep canyons then spread stories of witches and ghosts in the area to avoid searches of their property.

The name Rancho de los Brujos stuck and eventually became Ghost Ranch. The stories of Ghost Ranch are as colorful as the iconic hills surrounding the education and retreat center.

Georgia O’Keeffe Connection

Many visitors have graced the grounds of Ghost Ranch and one of the most widely

Update: New Mexico State Police Investigate Fatal Bus Crash On I-40 … Death Toll Rises To Eight

on August 31, 2018 - 6:02pm

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police responded to a fatal collision around 12:30 p.m., Thursday involving a semi-tractor-trailer and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 around mile post 50 in McKinley County. Interstate 40 westbound was completely closed for approximately eight hours because of this crash and subsequent investigation.

This crash scene occurred in a rural area between Gallup and Grants, NM.

Traffic Alert: Utility Work On Diamond Saturday

on August 31, 2018 - 5:27pm

COUNTY News:

Paul Parker Construction, under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will excavate on the north side of Diamond Drive at 35th Street to repair a water line. 

This utility work will occur on Saturday. Sept. 1 only.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions at the construction zone beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Construction should be completed by evening and all lanes open to west and east bound traffic, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Motorists can expect some delays. 

Drivers are urged to observe the speed limit and traffic

NM State Police Investigate Fatal Bus Crash On I-40

on August 31, 2018 - 9:13am

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police responded Thursday to a fatal collision involving a semi-truck and a Greyhound bus on Interstate 40 around mile post 50 in McKinley County.

The preliminary investigation indicates a semi-truck traveling east on Interstate 40 suffered a tire blow out causing the semi to cross the median into opposing west bound traffic of Interstate 40. The semi-truck collided head on with a westbound Greyhound passenger bus carrying more than forty-eight passengers.

So far, State Police have confirmed four fatalities.

Los Alamos Educators And Students Help Deliver School Libraries To Rural Kenya … And More!

on August 30, 2018 - 6:59am
Courtesy photo
 
By SHARON ALLEN
Los Alamos
 
School was out for the summer but these local educators were not slowing down one bit! In mid-June Nicole McGrane and Audrey Juliani (Barranca teachers), Petra Pirc McDowell (former LAPS physical therapist), Sharon Allen (retired teacher), Nicole’s daughter Kaitlyn (LAHS sophomore), and Petra’s daughter Hailey (LAMS 8 th grader) headed to far western Kenya to some small, remote islands off the shores of Lake Victoria, near the Uganda border.
 
Undaunted by the challenges of traveling in over-packed vans on unpaved, washed out roads to an

Major Portion Of NM 4 / NM 502 Road Construction Wrapping Up, Paint Crews Plan Finishing Touches

on August 28, 2018 - 3:22pm

NNSA/DOE News:

Road construction of N.M. 502 eastbound is just about complete, ending lane closures on the eastbound side for the duration of the road reconstruction project.

Crews will be adding a second layer of striping along eastbound N.M. 502 one day this week, and one day next week, during off-peak traffic hours.

On the westbound side, crews have completed the lower full-depth reconstruction and are at the mill and fill stage of the project. There will be alternating lane closures on the west side, but commuters will have two lanes open for the morning drive to Los Alamos.

RTD Closed For Labor Day Holiday Monday Sept. 3

on August 27, 2018 - 5:20pm

NCRTD News:

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” with the exception of the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to the Santa Fe National Forest, will not be in service Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route will be operating its weekday schedule, providing two roundtrips for the day.

Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico will resume Tuesday, Sept. 4.

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across State In September

on August 27, 2018 - 4:19pm
NMSP News:
 
New Mexico State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of September 2018.
 
We are bringing awareness to these events to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

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